To Become a Butterfly

September 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm 4 comments

Caterpillars. They are fuzzy and have lots of legs. I am not the biggest fan of things that creep and crawl. In addition these fuzzy little creepers are not all that pretty. Overall, bugs in general give me the heebie-jeebies. Why on earth do we have caterpillars? They aren’t that pretty and they eat and destroy leaves.

We have these caterpillars and suddenly they disappear. It’s the end of the world for the caterpillar. When the caterpillar is gone, a beautiful butterfly emerges and takes its place. This butterfly doesn’t appear without a fight. It is wrapped tightly in cocoon while it undergoes the transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly. After the transformation the butterfly breaks free of the cocoon.

We often see caterpillars in the world around us. They are what we would probably call homely. Then an event in their life causes them to retreat into themselves. These events can be anything. Whatever that event is, it causes them to draw into themselves. As they come out of their shell, they often have to fight to break free of the opinions of the world.

This process of fighting to get free doesn’t kill the butterfly, but makes the butterfly that much stronger.  When they are finally free of the opinions of the world is when we see that they are a beautiful butterfly. The outward appearance may not have changed, but what is inside has dramatically changed. That person has become stronger, more confident, aware of their worth, aware that they are a butterfly.

It seems that we are always surrounded by beautiful butterflies, while we are homely caterpillars. We all will or have had an event in our life. It may be traumatic, but it helps us to see the butterfly that we are. As we emerge from this we then have the strength to overcome the opinions of the world. And see ourselves as the Master sees us.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Soohee OKim  |  November 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Hello Sister Amanda. This is sister Soohee, if you don’t mind. 🙂 “Who I am today” is a student and theatre director in London. I found your site ‘To become a butterfly’ while I was researching my ‘cocoon project’ for this winter performance at Wimbledon College of Art. Now I leave a message to ask you to let me quote your ‘To become a butterfly’ page on my website. Thank you sis. whatever your answer will be. ^^ … Mine from our Wonderful and Beautiful King Jesus is “Love never fails.” Really glad to find you in Him and thankful to God our Father. Let me pray for your living Spirit. Hallelujah!

    • 2. nysisterkissel  |  November 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      I’d be very glad to let you use my blog. Please just make sure to credit who did it. Thank you for looking at my blog and finding inspiration.

  • 3. stephaniesmoot  |  September 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Good job:) I liked what you said about how the process of fighting free doesn’t kill the butterfly, but makes it stronger. As hard as it is to accept, opposition only makes us stronger.

  • 4. Steven Watts  |  September 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    John 3:3-5
    We are born into this mortal world and like the caterpillar we live a pretty ordinary life. But when we are born again (baptized) can “see” the beauty of the Lord’s house. After experiencing the trials (cocoon) of life we are then raised (resurrected) to “enter” into one of the kingdoms of glory. Like the butterfly is beautiful to behold after his journey so to will the Celestial Kingdom be beautiful beyond description.


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